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‘99 Ford Explorer Sport, Big Tire Problems

Q: I’ve bought some 20-inch rims for my ‘99 Ford Explorer Sport. So far 2 studs in both back tires have broken off and every time I drive it sounds like the springs are giving in. Someone told me that instead of having closed lugs on the tires, put on open lugs so they can fit tightly. I just wanted to know if I am going in the right direction by just needing to put open lugs on the tires or if I should just take them off and try a smaller size. Help me before all my studs break.

- Randy

A: Custom wheels do require special lug nuts to bolt to the vehicle correctly. Using the wrong lug nuts will cause damage to the vehicle, rims and to others if the wheel should break away from the vehicle. The store that you bought the rims from will have the correct lug nut application information. If you bought the rims in a private sale then you should locate the nearest dealer for that rim manufacturer and get the right lug nuts. If you drive too long with the wrong lug nuts you’ll have a set of 4 custom 20-inch water hose holders.

 
     
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